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New exhibition from ‘pioneer of post-internet art’at City Gallery

Press Release – City Gallery Wellington
8 April – 13 August | free entry

City Gallery Wellington presents the first New Zealand exhibition from Los Angeles-based artist Petra Cortright. Opening 8 April, RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME features a suite of digital paintings on linen and paper, screen-based video paintings, YouTube-hosted webcam videos and a series of Flash animations which apply the aesthetics of the desktop screensaver to the gallery wall.

Cortright rose to prominence in the mid-2000s with a series of webcam videos she posted to YouTube, layering the webcam software’s filters and default live effects. These videos have been hailed as key early proponents of ‘post-internet art’ and have evolved into an ongoing collaboration with fashion designer Stella McCartney.

In her new digital paintings, Cortright uses Adobe Photoshop to manipulate internet-sourced forms and imagery lifted from sites like Pinterest and Google Images. This material is transformed into layered painterly compositions that revisit traditional forms like landscape, still life or abstraction. This process has even seen Cortright called ‘the Monet of the 21st century.’

Curator Aaron Lister says, “Cortright’s painting is of and for the contemporary moment. This exhibition will shake or reaffirm people’s perception of what painting is or can be—her practice is redefining the role and possibilities for art in the digital age.”

“While challenging the idea of what painting can be, Cortright doesn’t have an antagonistic response to what’s gone before—she loves the language and romance of painting, she believes in beauty, but approaches it all through internet-based processes of making and presentation. She gives painting and the nature of aesthetic experience a system upgrade,” says Lister.
Petra Cortright: RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME is a partnership with Tristian Koenig Gallery, Melbourne.

About the artist: Petra Cortright (Santa Barbara, CA, 1986) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA., having graduated from The Parsons School of Design (Fine Art), New York, NY (2008) and the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2004). Selected exhibitions include quack doctor violet “salted fish”, 1301PE, Los Angeles, USA, (2017); ORANGE BLOSSOM PRINCESS FUCKING BUTTERCUP, Carl Kostyal, London, UK, (2016); DIE ROS, Société, Berlin (2016); Electronic Superhighway, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2016); The Metabolic Age, MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina, (2015); “On YouTube. Kunst und Playlists aus 10 Jahren,“ Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland, (2015); “Im Inneren der Stadt,” Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany (2015); Depart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA (2015); Foxy Production, New York, NY (2015); Société, Berlin, Germany, (2014); Frieze Film, Frieze London, UK, (2013); 12th Bienniale de Lyon, France, (2013); and Preteen Gallery, Mexico DF (2011).

8 April – 13 August 2017, Free entry

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